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Rajat Dhawan

Senior Partner and India Managing PartnerGurugram

Creates transformational impact for clients and catalyzes Firm’s innovations towards delivering holistic impact


Rajat is a senior partner and the managing partner for McKinsey’s seven India offices. He advises leading companies on topics related to strategy and performance transformation. With a passion for creating lasting impact with clients, he has supported dozens of companies across Asia and Europe on transformation journeys to become preeminent national and global leaders.

A leader in innovation and competency-building, Rajat founded centers of competence in India, which centralize functional expertise in topics such as analytics, product development, manufacturing, and purchasing. He was also instrumental in setting up the Digital Capability Center Gurugram, a learning hub for Industry 4.0 topics. He has collaborated with entities in the public, social, and private sectors to fuel the growth of Indian industries.

Examples of Rajat’s recent client work include the following:

  • developing a transformational strategy for an automotive company’s Indian and Latin American markets
  • improving profitability, revolutionizing sales force and dealership capabilities, and developing a long-term growth strategy for a leading auto-component company
  • helping a life-sciences company build capabilities to achieve operational excellence
  • contributing to discussions on growing India’s GDP and spurring job creation
  • supporting a national trade association enhance members’ global competitiveness

Outside of McKinsey, Rajat works to create enduring impact for communities in India. He cofounded the TIME India Awards, a collaboration between McKinsey and TIME magazine that recognizes excellence and innovation in Indian manufacturing. He is also a founder and sponsor of Ashoka University: Leading Liberal Arts and Sciences University, in India.

Published work

The future of mobility: Transforming to be ahead of the opportunity,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

The CEO agenda for companies in advanced industries,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

A new growth formula for manufacturing in India,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Five priorities for corporate India in the next normal after COVID-19,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

The future of Asia: Asian flows and networks are defining the next phase of globalization,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2019

Mobility’s second great inflection point ,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2019

How industrial companies can respond to disruptive forces,” McKinsey & Company, April 2018


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IIM Lucknow

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur